What should i buy ? k5 , k-30 or other


suzzypoo

Link Posted 07/11/2012 - 10:31
Ok ive just had some amazing news in the last 24 hours that means in about 2-4 weeks time I can go out and buy a new camera. I am going to be doing wedding photography next year (also photography at the evening parties ect... so poss some low lighting situations.

I currently have the K-x with the stand 18-55 lens that came with it. A Tamron 70-300 1:4-5.6 telemacro lens and a smc pentax-m f1.7 50mm lens.
I wont be selling this to fund so this will be my secondary camera.

What would be the best camera for me to buy ? I did have my heart set on a K5, I had seen a K5 with 15-55 and 50-200 WR lenses for 844 but then ive heard people asking about the k-30. Also just seen the K5 II. Is there a huge difference between the K5 II and the K5 ? Is a K5 better than the K30.

Im so stuck pls help
Suzanne x

greynolds999

Link Posted 07/11/2012 - 11:05
My opinion is as usual in these situations.

Buy yourself a second-hand Kx. It's a totally capable camera and it's easier to work with two identical cameras.

For weddings you will need a good flash, memory cards, etc which will cost quite a bit to have sufficient quantities.

Then save your money for better glass. Buying an expensive camera when you don't have the best lenses is never the best economy, and the increase in quality with better lenses is always more significant than a better camera.
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Blythman

Link Posted 07/11/2012 - 11:06
If you can afford only one K5, then go for two K-30s instead
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suzzypoo

Link Posted 07/11/2012 - 11:36
I dont want to work with 2 cameras I want a back up camera with me incase one has a malfunction or gets broken/dropped.
My k-x will probably be made redundant as a spares only camera.
Suzanne x

Mike-P

Link Posted 07/11/2012 - 11:38
If you aren't doing the weddings until next year then buy a couple of decent fast lenses and worry about the body nearer the time (when hopefully they will have come down in price a bit more)
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suzzypoo

Link Posted 07/11/2012 - 11:43
My first wedding is February. I have 4000 coming in 2-4 weeks (I cant spend it all on a camera, my partner is doing driving lesson/test and I need household bits ect.....) but I want to get a new camera ASAP because with 4 children, if I dont get it right away, as much as I try to keep the money to one side I will end up dipping into it and then wont end up getting my new camera.
Suzanne x

suzzypoo

Link Posted 07/11/2012 - 11:44
I do also want to buy some studio equipment from Ebay
Suzanne x

suzzypoo

Link Posted 07/11/2012 - 11:57
Also what lenses would you recommend. Im not really up on lenses if im honest. I love my 50mm f1.7 as I love the depth of field ect... I would love the infocus image to be sharper.
Suzanne x

Mannesty

Link Posted 07/11/2012 - 12:11
Probably the best Pentax lenses for your intended use would be a DA* 16-50mm and a DA* 50-135mm, both f2.8 max aperture and about the best in low light situations.
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suzzypoo

Link Posted 07/11/2012 - 12:13
Thankyou, after looking at different options im now quibbling between buying the K5 with this

http://www.jessops.com/online.store/categories/products/pentax/k5-digital-slr-ca...

or buying the K30 body only then looking at the better lenses.

Its actually giving me a headache. What would be my better option ?
Suzanne x

Blythman

Link Posted 07/11/2012 - 12:20
I wouldn't bother with those kit lenses. How will they improve on what you already have?

I'd buy a Tamron 17-50 as a cheaper alternative to the Pentax 16-50, and then as Peter has said above buy the Pentax 50-135.

Better option is buy those, and two K-30's and two flashes. You need two of everything if you are taking money off people.

Sorry, might kit broke won't cut the ice.
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Last Edited by Blythman on 07/11/2012 - 12:22

greynolds999

Link Posted 07/11/2012 - 12:30
I agree. The kit lenses are adequate, but you will end up selling them one day and (because they are kit lenses) you will lose a lot of money on them.

You say you don't need two cameras but you will. You can't risk losing shots by changing lenses or having the memory card fill up at exactly the wrong moment. Or any of the hundreds of other things that can go wrong. To you it would be inconvenient. To the people getting married, it is the most important day of their lives!

So get the two lenses above, two decent flash guns then buy whatever camera you can afford.
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Blythman

Link Posted 07/11/2012 - 12:40
Two identical bodies, as well as having the same controls, should give consistent results. Two different bodies would be expected to give different results in terms of the image output. Contrast, colours, etc. If you are producing shots to sell you want consistency throughout an album/DVD.

While I understand you don't want to go this route, its still best said
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suzzypoo

Link Posted 07/11/2012 - 12:42
How much would I be looking at spending on both DA* 16-50mm and a DA* 50-135mm, both f2.8 max aperture ?
Suzanne x

johnriley

Link Posted 07/11/2012 - 12:52
Check out www.srsmicrosystems.co.uk who offer free shipping to PU members. They are major Pentax dealers and super-efficient.
Best regards, John
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